Take any picture of a Latin dancer (especially pronounced in ladies). There's a significant amount of pressure on the inside of the big toe to produce a good looking leg line. For instance (off the top of my head, I can probably find tons of pictures): http:// www. takadance.com/images/t_TAKA-LATIN-236.jpg http:// www. ymdance.net/hi-res/DSC_7606.JPG I've been feeling lots of pain on the bunion area. When I get home, I have to keep my hand knuckles between my toes for a few minutes to put them back into the normal position. In the past few days, I happened to wear street heels and boots (which I don't normally do) and I now feel like my feet are deformed. I'm considering buying those toe stretchers. I am not even 20 yet, which means that if I keep dancing, I have at the very least 10 years of hard foot work ahead of me. Am I doomed to a life of deformed feet with bunions? Pressing the big toe inside is the right technique, according to my coaches... If it's already hurting, though, I shudder to think what it will be like in 5 years... Help!